Canada authorities believe they have found bodies of suspects in killings

Elias Hubbard
August 14, 2019

Two British Columbia men who were suspects in the deaths of three people and led police on a manhunt across Western Canada shot themselves, the RCMP said Monday.

The Manitoba Medical Examiner completed the autopsies on two bodies located in Manitoba on August 7, and both confirmed their identities and that the two died in suicides by gunfire. Following the discovery, they were able to narrow down the search. The majority of the search took place in Manitoba, where a burned auto reportedly used by them was found near the town of Gillam. The remains were found Wednesday morning.

"Investigators are now assessing all items located in Manitoba, along with the previous findings related to the three northern B.C. homicide investigations, in order to gain more clarity into what happened to Leonard Dyck, Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese", the police statement said.

Days later, the RCMP said the two teenagers were considered suspects in the murders of Ms Deese and Mr Fowler, which took place 500 kilometres away from where Mr Dyck was found, near Liard Hot Spring.

The desperate three-week manhunt stretching 5000km across Canada - longer than the distance between Sydney and Perth - ended on Wednesday in thick scrub in a remote area of northern Manitoba.

The pair was spotted in Saskatchewan and then Dyck's auto was found torched near Gillam, Manitoba.

The bodies were found near Gillam, Manitoba - more than 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) from northern British Columbia.

They were also named as suspects in the shooting deaths of American tourist Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Fowler.

Police are now investigating if the boat is connected to the teenagers and if they could have used it to continue to evade authorities by fleeing across the water.

Searchers had to contend with hard terrain and thick forest.

German said investigators will look at the suspects' social media accounts, any written documents and communication with family and friends.

Ms Deese's brother, British Deese, said the family needed time to process the news that the suspects' bodies were apparently found.

"We are speechless", he said in a text message, declining further comment.

"The closure is here for Gillam and the Fox Lake area".

She said there is a sense of relief for families of the victims involved and the communities in the area. Their bodies were found along the Alaska Highway on July 15 near a van they had been travelling in.

Hackett said it "would be extremely hard us for us to ascertain definitively what the motive was" in the killings.

"Suffice to say that there is significant evidence that links both crime scenes together", Inspector Hackett said.

Alan Schmegelsky, father of Bryer, spoke to Australia's 60 Minutes about his self-published book, Red Flagged, which explains his son's upbringing and mental health. They believe them to be Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18. "He was raised by YouTube and video games", Mr. Schmegelsky said.

"We believe they are in fact the individuals we were searching for", RCMP British Columbia assistant commissioner Kevin Hackett told reporters.

The lovestruck couple was on a Canadian road trip.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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